Liz asked about piecing the back. I do not pay a lot for my fabric, but I buy good quality fabric. I scout the discount stores and pay around $5 to $10 for backing fabric. The one on the back of this quilt is a Red Rooster Fabric, "In the Time of Toile" from the Shelbourne Museum. Cost me $8 a metre. Guess other people thought it was ugly! You can see the whole range here Red Rooster Lots of lovely ugly fabrics. I love them! Mine is the gold with the brown/red kind of flowers.
Anyway, I bought 5 metres, and had the shop assistant cut it into two equal lengths for me. I turned the print around the right way, and stitched the long sides together about 1/2" in from the selvedge. I then cut the selvedge off, and pressed the seam open. Pressed the whole back as well the get any creases out.
That selvedge I place upper-most on the table, right down the centre. So, that is a good guide for me to start placing the batting and the top.
Now that it is morning, and I am still in my pyjamas, I might as well go and put a few more stitches in before it gets too hot to do it.